Jon Lester Picked Up $47,000 Bar Tab To Celebrate His Time With Cubs

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Pitcher Jon Lester loved his time in Chicago — so much so that he spent $47,000 to buy beer for Cubs fans.

Yes, you read that right. Lester spent $47,000. On beer.

Lester now pitches for the Nationals. The lefty knew his offer to pick up the tab for Cubs fans at a handful of bars last fall would be pricey. But not quite this pricey.

“God almighty, no,” he told reporters on a Zoom call. “I realized that Chicago likes beer, so that’s good. I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was going to be fun, I knew we were going to have a good time with it. I wish I could have been there to be a part of it. But to see just the response of it was just awesome.

“A lot of great things happened. I’ve actually run into a few people, just so happened, that took part in it and they ended up buying me a beer. It’s cool that we reached a lot of people. With everything going on, it was nice to try to have somewhat of a normal weekend. No, I didn’t expect $40-something, but it was fun.”

Lester spent six years with the Cubs. He made it clear that, yes, he enjoyed his time there, but it was a whirlwind.

“Like I said in my press conference last year after my last start at Wrigley, I didn’t know six years could go by so fast,” Lester said. “I had so many good times there, I wish I could have just slowed down a little bit and enjoyed them; sat back a little bit and enjoyed them a little bit more.”

Kicking back and having a beer with Cubs fans is one way to relax.

Picking up the tab? Yeah, maybe not so much.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,

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